How Do Bridges Replace Missing Teeth?

If you have lost between one and three teeth in a row, then we may prescribe a lifelike and durable dental prosthetic. In today’s blog, we’re looking at how crowns and bridges help Independence, MO, patients with tooth loss enjoy whole and healthy smiles once more.

Frequently Asked Questions About Crowns and Bridges

Question: How does tooth loss hurt my oral health?

Answer: When we lose our teeth, the gaps in our smile may cause surrounding teeth to drift from position, leading to misalignment and poor oral health. The strain missing teeth place on the jaw joints may also increase the risk of TMJ disorder and bruxism. Patients may also have trouble eating their favorite foods or communicating clearly.

Question: How do you create the bridge?

Answer: We will first need to prepare the natural teeth on either side of the gap, removing a small amount of tooth structure. We then take detailed impressions of the area. Using these impressions and images, experts at a dental lab will create the prosthetic, which consists of the new teeth (also known as pontics) with dental crowns attached to each end.

Question: Will my new teeth look natural?

Answer: Yes! We create them using ceramic or possibly zironcia, metal-free and natural looking materials that can be shaded to better match surrounding teeth. We place the crowns on the prepared teeth, anchoring the new ones firmly in place and ensuring a full and beautiful smile.

Question: How do I maintain my new prosthetic?

Answer: You will need to brush your teeth twice a day and floss every night. You will also need to clean the space between the top of your gums and the bottom of your dental bridge. If you have any questions about our lifelike solutions to tooth loss, then contact our team today.

Do You Have Questions About Crowns and Bridges?

If you have one or more missing teeth, we can help with a custom-made prosthetic. For more information, schedule a consultation by contacting Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Independence, MO, today at 816-350-0808. We also proudly serve patients who live in Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs, Kansas City, Grain Valley, Liberty, and all surrounding communities.